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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Schafer

UAFS circles the wagons for a western homecoming

UAFS annual Homecoming celebration and events are set to take place next week. The theme this year is “Wild Roarin’ West”.


Highlighting events set to take place include the following:

Rising in the River Valley- Monday, February 14th at 11:30 AM on the Campus Green

  • Annual rally co-hosted by the United Way of Fort Smith and Crisis Intervention Center meant to raise awareness of violence against men, women, and children.

Hoedown Throwdown- Tuesday, February 15th at 6 PM in the Reynolds Room

  • Line dancing competition. Each participating student group has been tasked with coming up with a line dance around the theme “Wild Roarin’ West”.

Stock the Pantry- Wednesday, February 16th at 7 PM in the Echols parking lot

  • Donation drive meant to collect non-perishables for Community Services Clearinghouse and Lion Pride Food.

Western Showdown- Friday, February 18th at 2 PM on the Campus Green

  • Groups will participate in many different carnival-style games.

Student organizations, athletic groups, and other groups will receive points for participating in these events and winning many other competitions held throughout the week. The top organization at the end of the week receives $300 along with a trophy. 2nd place wins $200 and 3rd gets $100. Both of those places get a trophy as well.


Men's and Women’s Basketball is set to return home next week as well, taking on Angelo State Thursday, and Texas Permian Basin Saturday. The latter games will be preceded by a tailgate that the student organizations will take part in.

The men’s team currently sits at fifth place in the conference with an 11-9 record. The Lady Lions sit at 5-13. They take on St. Edward's University and St. Mary’s this week as they seek to build some momentum going into Homecoming week.


In addition to all of this, the usual Homecoming King and Queen voting will take place from the 14th to the 16th. There are currently 8 king candidates and 8 queen candidates.

“It is a competition, but it is also a time to have fun and celebrate all of the amazing organizations on campus.” Queen Candidate Payton King tells the Chronicle. “I am just excited to see so many people involved and having fun!”

Students can vote on NumaLink beginning Monday.


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